Amauri rescues point for Juve

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Juventus, who are chasing Internazionale in the race for the Serie A crown, had to be content with a 1-1 home draw with Sampdoria yesterday afternoon despite laying siege to the visitors' goal for long periods. The result left Juve six points behind Inter, who faced Milan late yesterday. Giampaolo Pazzini put Sampdoria ahead on 10 minutes but Amauri's brave diving header midway through the second half sealed a point for Juve, who hit the woodwork three times.

The top scorer in Serie A, Marco Di Vaio, scored his 16th goal of the season to earn lowly Bologna a 1-1 draw at Napoli on Saturday. The former Italy forward equalised in the 23rd minute, tapping in the rebound from a shot by Sergio Volpi, who appeared to handle after being gifted possession by a defensive blunder.

Christian Maggio had sidefooted Napoli ahead three minutes earlier after a German Denis cross from the right of the area. Bologna's Davide Bombardini hit the bar with a powerful strike in a lively second half.

Napoli were joint seventh with Palermo ahead of the rest of yesterday's Serie A programme but their hopes of being in next season's Champions League are fading as they have picked up just two points in their last six games. Lazio's ambitions of qualifying for Europe are waning as well after they were held to a 1-1 home draw home by third-from-bottom Torino earlier on Saturday.

Lazio defender Sebastiano Siviglia levelled with a header in the 75th minute after Stefano Mauri had attempted to score with an overhead kick to end a run of four consecutive league defeats for the Rome club, who remain 11th. Midfielder Ignazio Abate had put Torino ahead in the 36th minute when he controlled a Ousmane Dabo clearance and found the net with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area.

Adrian Mutu completed a hat-trick with the last kick of the game to send Fiorentina up to fourth with a 3-3 draw at Genoa, who had led 3-0 but played with 10 men for an hour. Roma's good run came to an 1end with a 3-0 defeat at Atalanta.

In Germany, Hertha Berlin returned to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time in more than two years after Andriy Voronin struck twice to give them a 2-1 home win over Bayern Munich on Saturday. With five teams separated by only four points, the title race is wide open after previous leaders Hoffenheim were thrashed 4-1 at home by Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

Bayern are in third spot on 38 points with Hoffenheim second on 39, a point behind Hertha. Hamburg, level on 36 points with fourth-placed Leverkusen, were hoping to move ahead of Bayern with a home win over lowly Arminia Bielefeld yesterday evening.

Hertha, missing injured striker Marko Pantelic, took the lead through Ukraine forward Voronin near the end of the first half before Miroslav Klose levelled just past the hour. Voronin bagged the winner – his third in two matches – when he took a pass from Raffael and slotted past Michael Rensing 13 minutes from time.

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